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Rüya (2016): A look at the complexity of Turkey through the eyes of filmmakers

"The Dream-Rüya" is the latest work of a film series (from Dervis Zaim) that mixes Turkish traditions and filmmaking. After "Nokta-The Dot" (2008), "Gölgeler ve Suretler-Shadows and Faces" (2011) and "Devir-Cycle" (2012), "The Dream" is referring to mythical references including the "Seven Sleepers" legend which has its place in both Christianity and Islam. In the myth, the seven sleepers flee a corrupt and oppressive society and fall asleep in a cave under the protection of Kitmir, the dog; they wake up 309 years later and find the world they had fled has changed, finally welcoming freethinking and free worship.

From this myth, Dervis Zaim takes us into the story of a young architect. Sine is taken hostage between consciousness and forced loyalty of her daily life. She will waver between two parallel worlds to reach freedom of mind and conscience, and this happens through sleep and dreams. To relate to this first reading of the film, that is to say, the development of consciousness, Zaim made the smart decision to use four different actresses who metamorphose after each dream. We support Sine's desire to create a modern mosque in a poor outlying district of Istanbul at the request of an old friend. Forced to confront freedom and destiny, there is the need to keep utopias fresh to achieve a just world. To protect and watch over the utopia of Istanbul, Kitmir the dog will be reflected in a hologram on the Bosphorus.

The second reading of the film will therefore be on the contrast between modernity and tradition. The believers of the neighborhood would prefer a bad reproduction of the Ottoman mosques rather than a fresh uptake in harmony with nature and the surroundings. Finally, Sine will overcome this impotence little by little with every waking after falling asleep and dreaming of a better life. Turkish urbanism victim to monstrous and often unhealthy constructions and the destruction of nature are treated with intelligence and finesse in this modern and sensitive tale.

In "The Dream", nature and tradition finally meet. For those who want to deepen their knowledge of various facets of wild liberalism in Turkey, "The Dream" is a passage all the more obligatory.

By ​Defne Gursoy

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